The 7.3L Godzilla V8 is a cast iron pushrod V8 engine that’s built for durability and effortless power. At the moment, the only production vehicle it can be found in is the Ford Super Duty. And judging by the sort of hood modifications one needs to do to get this hulking V8 to fit into a Mustang, it’s easy to see why that’s the case. However, Ford Performance does offer the Godzilla V8 as a crate engine, and to optimize it for other vehicle applications, such as the Mustang, they’ve come up with a clever solution. At the moment, development on a low-clearance air intake manifold is being finalized, and it was recently seen making a run on the dyno.
Ford Performance Godzilla V8 Low Clearance Air Intake Manifold
Swapping out the air intake manifold for the 7.3L Godzilla V8 is quite simple; just unbolt the old one and bolt in the new one. While this new intake is more practical for fitting it into project vehicles, it should also improve the output numbers of the crate engine. That would be thanks to slightly shorter runners, which promote a higher power band over stock. Even though they’re shorter, they’re somewhat bigger than the truck manifold regarding volume. In addition, the throttle body is also larger, which will create more airflow for the engine. The new low profile Intake manifold adds around 15 lb-ft of torque and about ten horsepower over the stock intake. So not only is it more convenient to install into vehicles like the Mustang, it’s also more powerful. Below are the results:
Aftermarket solutions to the intake manifold offer a more compact and packageable solution for people aiming to put the 7.3L V8 into a car. Still, those often come at a sacrifice to the engine performance. That’s not the case with the Ford Performance intake, which is excellent. The new air intake will be available on Ford Performance sometime in the 4th quarter of this year, around fall or winter. The entire thing will be a bolt-in kit with everything needed to apply it to your project. Pricing has yet to be determined, but since Q4 is just a few months away, there won’t be a long wait to find out how much this new intake will set you back. Just a shame Ford won’t have it officially on display at the 2022 SEMA Show.